Ray Anderson likely is safe

In the wake of the replacement official debacle, league insiders were buzzing about the possibility that NFL V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson will be fired.

Of course, folks with first-tier NFL jobs rarely are ever fired in the traditional sense.  The perceived protocol entails waiting for the dust to settle so that it’s not an obvious knee-jerk response and then allowing the person to transition into a high-profile job with one of the 32 teams.

As to Anderson, who is regarded as the person who mistakenly concluded that the replacement officials would do well enough to hold down the fort during the lockout of the real officials and whose statements about the real officials has undermined in many respects his ability to lead them, a source with knowledge of the dynamics among the owners tells PFT that Anderson most likely won’t be let go.

Instead, Anderson is expected to be assigned a position with less overall responsibility, with at a minimum the officiating department moving out from under his control.  Part of that change will flow from the damage done to the relationship between the league office and the officials as a result of the lockout.  Part of that, as the source explained it, also will come from the fact that Anderson simply has too much under his umbrella of jurisdiction.

We also have developed the distinct impression that, as the NFL continues to grow and thrive, key management positions no longer will automatically go to “football people” who graduated from other jobs in the football business to significant jobs in the league office.  Instead, the league could start looking for folks from other industries who have demonstrated the ability to handle high-paying, high-profile, high-power jobs that entail operating under a high-powered microscope.

5 responses to “Ray Anderson likely is safe

  1. The NFL is unbelievable (sarcasm)…but not surprising. Again…blaming a single guy – who is an employee of said business entity; for the debacle that was the replacement refs. It’s almost disgusting who the NFL likes to pass the buck when they look like idiots…and lay it at the feet of one employee. Go team.

  2. C’mon now. They’re gonna try to peg that brutal miscalculation on one guy? Aside from the idiot ham ‘n eggers that think every bad call is a conspiracy against their team and that they could do a better job out there, even fans realized replacements weren’t going to be able to handle the gig. We the fans, who the NFL felt were too dumb and emotional to handle access to All 22 tape until this year, saw the replacements as a disaster waiting to happen — am I really supposed to believe that the owners, Goodell and others couldn’t see that too?

    Sounds like Ray is being made to fall on his sword here to help the NFL save face. What a disgrace.

  3. Here’s the calculus. We, the owners, tried a gambit to take advantage of the economic downturn. We left our deal with the players just two years in and forced them to take a deal for less money. Not only that, they now have way less influence in the way we run out businesses. Those fools even let Goodell be the appeal officer for his own decisions.

    We tried the same play on the referees. Even though it was a piddling amount of money, we couldn’t resist using the big stick we had been inadvertently handed. We were just trying to help our fellow owners get ahead in the Forbes list. All the refs, however, had other jobs and didn’t have a financial chasm if they were locked out like most of our short-sighted players. So, they called our bluff.

    Sadly, even though we thought the general public (fools that they are) wouldn’t care about the high school refs, it became apparent it was costing us way more than we were going to make. After losing a game to a disputed field goal, Bob Kraft finally told Goodell to fix the mess. Within three days, the negotiations which had dragged on for nine months were concluded.

    Now, it seems some people blame us for this whole fiasco. Not to worry, folks, we have decided that the entire failed attempt to make a few more million for the owners was actually the idea of a mid-level employee. We will trot him out and tell everyone how he failed to train high school and junior college refs to be good enough.

    We will fool all the people who make McDonalds the most popular restaurant, and the rest will forget about it when the next edition of Sports Center comes on…..

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